Anne Wynter & Oge Mora
Everybody in the Red Brick Building is an adorable story that builds on previous pages with a multitude of onomatopoeia examples when all the residents of the apartment building are woken up one evening. The reader travels from apartment to apartment to see what happens when they’re woken up.
Anne Wynter’s delightful and fun text is perfectly accompanied by Oge Mora’s artwork. Her iconic collage style conveys the movement and sounds of a sleepy apartment building in the city. Readers that live in apartments will be able to relate to this, I wish I could even take a guess about how often we accidentally eavesdropped on our neighbors when we lived in the city! The worst was the pair of chef brothers who watched horror movies loudly in the middle of the night after they finished working dinner services. But that’s neither here nor there, because we live in the woods now and don’t have any neighbors.
Everybody in the Red Brick Building gets woken up, but will they get back to sleep? This story would be a really fun read aloud, and a crowd of listeners making their own nighttime sounds would be a delight!
This book was kindly sent by Harper Kids, but all opinions are my own.
From her website: “My name is Anne and I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember.
I’ve written advertisements, poems, test questions, short stories, illegible grocery lists, press releases, white papers, plays, and the words you’re reading right now. But none of these (nope, not even the grocery lists) has brought me as much joy as writing children’s books.
When I’m not writing, I’m probably reading, puzzling through an idea for a new book, or spending time with my husband, two sons, and my cat at our home in Austin, TX.
Photo credit: TJ Bright Photography”
Oge Mora is a collage artist and storyteller. Her picture book, Thank You, Omu!, was a Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award winner, and Ezra Jack Keats Book Award recipient. Her second book, Saturday won the 2020 Boston Globe—Horn Book Picture Book Award. Oge’s artwork has been applauded by The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe. She also recently made the Forbes 30 Under 30 2021 list in Arts & Style.
Oge grew up in Columbus, Ohio but resides in Providence, RI. She is a fan of all things colorful, patterned, or collaged, and enjoys creating warm stories that celebrate people coming together.